Science: Sexting Is Good For You

Which is a good thing, because everybody's doing it already

Aug 10, 2015 at 8:15 AM ET

Over 80 percent of adults are now sexting—sending suggestive photos and naughty texts to their significant others and casual flings alike—according to a new study presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference. The findings suggest that sexting is a fixture of American society, and imply that naughty texts increase sexual and relationship satisfaction.

The researchers defined sexting as “the sending or receiving of sexually suggestive or explicit content via text message, primarily using a mobile device,” which sounds about right. For the study, nearly 1,000 participants answered an online survey about their sexting habits, and commented on their relationship statuses and feelings of sexual and romantic satisfaction.

The results are glorious. Nearly 88 percent of adults admitted they have sexted before, and 82 percent copped to sending suggestive texts during the past year. Still, the sexting was surprisingly monogamous (and a bit boring)—only 43 percent admitted to sexting a casual fling, while nearly 75 percent insisted that they sext strictly within the confines of a long-term, committed relationship.

Prior research suggests sexting may be linked to higher rates of sexually-transmitted infections and teen pregnancies. But this new study found that sexting can also have benefits, especially for committed couples. Across the board, participants who reported sexting with their significant others also reported higher levels of relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction.

Finally—proof that couples who sext together, stay together.